Highest Law...lesson twoWritten by Terry Dashner
Faith Fellowship Church…PO Box 1586…Broken Arrow, OK 74013…918-451-0270…Pastor Terry Dashner…
Higher Law series Lesson Two
“Evolution of Inalienable Rights”
The Bible declares that man is created in image and likeness of God. The Bibles says that God used His own hands to form man out of clay; therefore, man is inexorably connected to earth. Maybe that’s why man is at his best when he’s outdoors, close to soil. Man is just more in tune with himself and scheme of things when his hands are in dirt. Man can listen to God. Man can hear God speak because God gave him a spirit with ears to hear. Man can see God’s beauty. Man sees God’s hand revealed in His creation; and looking at great expanse, man cries out to God because he needs, he’s made for God’s fellowship. Man is unique in created rank and file. He’s made to reflect God’s image.
Man is made like God so that he might care for his own. Man is caretaker to his wife and children because God is eternal caretaker. Man esteems, he honors his wife and children. And they respect him. God honors those who honor Him. Man seeks fulfillment and peace because God is Prince of Peace. Man is created in God’s image to be like Him, to find his peace in Him, to worship Him. Man is a special being in created order.
If this is true, then why is man so prone to evil? Man is a “fallen” creature. He has stooped to sin and unless he turns to his God for rescue, he plays opposite to a good and merciful Creator. Because man is made like God, he has potential to do “good” or with his free will (God is a free moral agent) choose to do evil. And it can be a destructive evil—killing, maiming, slandering, deceiving, hurting, fracturing, splintering, dividing, and conducting terrorism in name of a god.
Nonetheless, man and woman are God’s highest created beings, just under God. The Bible says, “When I consider your heavens, work of your fingers, moon and stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than heavenly beings [Or than God] and crowned him with glory and honor” (Psalm 8: 4-5). Because humanity is so loved by God, He has gone to extremes to win humanity’s love. The greatest feat that God performed for man, in reason to rescue him, was allowing Jesus to redeem (purchase, ransom paid in full) man from sin. That’s what Calvary was all about. God is still rescuing men and women through Cross. Any one who cries out to Jesus for rescue, according to scripture, will be eternally saved.
“Where it all started”
I’ve chosen this reminder about uniqueness of humanity for one reason. I plan to write about lifting of human life to its rightful place of sanctity by outlining its history from Roman Empire (the sanctity of life was at its lowest ebb) to present day. I will endeavor to disclose sanctity of human life as it has progressed from its worst regard of infanticide in Rome, to its lifting by “inalienable rights” in Enlightenment, to its abortion by choice in present day America. As it has been said so it is true. When good men do nothing, evil men play havoc. Let’s begin.
Life was considered sacred to Jew. God instructed Israel to celebrate life, to protect it, to care for it. This does not seem to be case with a casual reading of Old Testament. It appears quite opposite. Israel is led in one brutal war after another. Carnage is everywhere present. But why did Israel fight? The Bible is clear on this point. God wanted a race of people, a nation to be His instrument of righteousness to world. He wanted a nation that was unique, unlike polytheistic and devil worshipping nations around them. It was imperative that Israel remained a nation of right standing with God and His law and order. God would one day bring His Son into
Highest Law an IntroductionWritten by Terry Dashner
Faith Fellowship Church…PO Box 1586…Broken Arrow, OK 74013…918-451-0270…Pastor Terry Dashner…………
Introduction to a new series… Today I begin a series on supreme law. The debate today among those who determine constitutionality of our laws is this: Is Constitution of United States highest law in land or is God’s law supreme. If God’s law is Sovereign over entire universe, then abortion is wrong because it terminates life that only God can give or take away. If God’s law is above all creation, then neither men nor governments may deny another man his “inalienable” rights to live with freedom and liberty. If God’s law is Chief, then no one may deny anyone right to praise, honor, and worship God. We are commanded by scripture (it isn’t optional) to “declare glory” of our God.
On other hand, if U.S. Constitution is highest law, then government—executive, legislative, or judicial—may deny or redefine life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness as they please. If people of America decide to redefine life, they may do so by vote. If Supreme Court of United States rules that prayer in schools or Ten Commandments is to be banned from all government facilities, then so be it. If U. S. Constitution is above God’s law, then voting Americans may rule for or nullify God’s law, with impunity.
You may be like me and see difficulty of choosing man’s law above God’s law. You may read this and disagree with me. That’s your right to do so. But who gives you and me right to disagree? Is it state or God? I want to ask you something. Which was first: law or man? You may be thinking what a silly question that is. You answer that man was first and then came law to govern man and protect him in his home and community. The question is answered, you may think.
I demur. I think that law was fist, and then came man. Why do I say this? I say this because I believe that God is first cause in universe (philosophical concept—will explain it another day). He was in beginning before man was. God was Law unto Himself. By His Law He has right to exist because He is self-existing one. Nothing, no power, no authority in entire universe can deny Him this. He has right to speak because He spoke universe into existence (that includes creating man). He has right to create life because He made man from “dust of earth”; God “breathed into man’s nostrils and man became” an animated being. God created man in His image; therefore, man is given God rights. God’s Law is innate and universal. Man is endowed by His Creator to live, to speak, to create, and no man may take that right away.